Episode of "The Morey Amsterdam show", which aired "live" on the DuMont network on a Thursday night in late summer of 1950.
Includes commercials for the "DuMont Television console".
July 7, 2012
Simple, cheerful, giddy television from 1950. Very charming. This series first aired 1948-1949 on CBS and then 1949-1950 on DuMont. Believe it or not, the DuMont version was one of the first TV series to have most of the episodes preserved as kinescope recordings...or as DuMont Television Network called them, "teletranscriptions". Unlike many shows that aired on the network, these "kines" still survive today. (about 4 episodes also survive of the CBS version, including two from 1948)
I liked the pretty female singer who sang a nice song. The dance act was interesting. Art Carney is fun to watch in his sketch with the landlady. The long "farmer" sketch at the end runs too long ("Cavalcade of Stars" had similar problems at the time), but has some nice gags.
The "teletranscriptions" closing logo is rare and historic.
What really amazes me is the TV set commercial....19 inches screen must have been fairly big in 1950!
(note: other early series to have the majority of episodes preserved include NBC's "Admiral Broadway Revue", CBS's "Toast of the Town" and ABC's "Let There Be Stars")